How to Charge a Nissan Leaf – Kelley Blue Book | Gmx Pharm

Launched in 2010, the Nissan Leaf is a popular compact all-electric vehicle. If you’re looking for EV options, you might be curious about all things charging. Read on to learn how to charge a Nissan Leaf, battery options, charging times and how to find a charging station near you.

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Nissan Leaf battery options

That Nissan Leaf has two different battery options:

The EPA estimates that a Leaf’s 40-kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery can provide up to 149 miles of range on a single charge. This model has 147 hp and offers 123 miles per equivalent gallon (MPGe) in the city.

The 60kWh battery option offers more range – an estimated 226 miles per full charge. The larger 160kW, 214hp motor makes the Leaf a better choice for road warriors who regularly take longer trips. Its 118 MPGe City is comparable to the smaller battery.

These numbers may vary between different trim levels.

How to charge a leaf

To charge the Leaf, turn it off and open the charging port cover on the front of the car. The Leaf has two charging ports. A cap on the right covers the J1772 connector for Level 1 and Level 2 charging. The left cap covers the CHAdeMO connector for Level 3 fast charging.

Unlock the corresponding cap, plug the charger into the port and wait for the beep, which indicates that charging is being initiated. Depending on the type of charger used, the vehicle will automatically stop charging as soon as the battery is full or reaches 80% of its capacity. Or you can stop charging when you’re ready to hit the road.

charging at home

There are two ways to charge your Leaf at home. All you need is a stable power source and a nearby parking space. If you don’t have a garage, you’ll also need Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) that is weatherproof and approved for outdoor use.

Some apartment complexes and residential buildings have charging stations for residents with electric vehicles. Contact your property manager to confirm your options.

Level 1: 120 volt slow charge

A Level 1 charger is included with the purchase of a new Nissan Leaf. It taps into the alternating current (AC) of your home. While the plug will fit into a standard household outlet, it requires a dedicated 15A circuit for use. Ensure that no other devices are connected to the circuit to avoid overloading the system.

This charging option provides trickle charging and is typically used only in emergencies. It increases range by around 2-5mph and isn’t a good long-term solution for charging your Leaf.

Level 2: 240 volt home charger

To use a Level 2 charger at home, a licensed electrician must install an EVSE wall unit. Nissan has a partnership with wall box to simplify this setup process, although other options are available. Choose from a hardwired 48 amp connection or opt for a 40 amp variant that can be hardwired or plugged into a dedicated outlet. Both use a universally compatible J1772 connector.

Other Level 2 chargers plug into a 240 volt outlet, similar to that used in clothes dryers, and into a dedicated 50 amp circuit for a faster charge than a 120 volt connection. You can add up to 25 miles of range per hour of charging.

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There are essentially two options for charging on the go. That NissanConnect EV & Services app is available through the vehicle’s infotainment system so you can find these options on the go. Other third-party charging apps provide maps that can direct you to EV charging stations.

2022 Nissan Leaf at public charging station

Tier 2: Public chargers

Public charging stations are widespread in populated areas. They are usually easy to find in grocery stores, hotels, malls, office parks, and more. When you arrive, connect your Leaf to the charger using the J1772 connector. The charging process stops automatically when the battery is full.

Public chargers are operated by companies from the growing pool of charging networks such as Electrify America, Chargepoint or EVgo. In most cases you have to initiate the charging process via the charging network app, even if the station offers free charging. Fees will be charged on your account with this network.

Level 3: DC fast charge

Fast chargers deliver direct current (DC) to your battery to quickly increase vehicle range. There are 6,000 public DC fast charging stations in the United States, and such stations typically have multiple chargers. Most charging stations have a CHAdeMO connector and the newer – and much more common – CCS connector.

CHAdeMO technology was launched in 2010. However, as EV standards evolve, so do charging systems. Leaf vehicles from model year 2023 are still equipped with CHAdeMO connectors. However, it’s unclear if Nissan will switch future models to CCS like they did with the new Ariya Crossover EV.

When driving to a DC fast charging station, open the CHAdeMO cap in the charging port lid, then insert the CHAdeMO connector and follow the steps to initiate charging. These fast chargers fill your battery up to 80% in about 45 minutes.

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Charging times vary depending on charger and battery type. The time required to charge the battery depends on the performance of the charger, environmental factors and the battery temperature. Cold EV batteries take longer to charge, so keep this in mind during the winter months or if you live in a cooler region.

  • Level 1 charging can take up to 2-3 days to fill both batteries.
  • Level 2 chargers can charge a dead 40kWh battery in about 8 hours.
  • Level 2 chargers can charge a dead 60kWh battery in around 11.5 hours.
  • Level 3 fast chargers can charge a dead 40kWh battery to 80% of its capacity in about 40 minutes.
  • Level 3 fast chargers can charge a dead 60kWh battery to 80% of its capacity in about 40-60 minutes.

Where to charge

You can charge a Nissan Leaf at home or at any public charging station with a J1772 or CHAdeMO connector.

Nissan partner with EVgo To offer Leaf drivers charging credit for fast charging stations. If you buy a 2023 model, you may be eligible for a $100 charge credit. This amount equates to approximately 12 quick charges. EVgo operates Level 2 and Level 3 DC fast chargers at more than 850 locations in 30 states.

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